Reprint of history book an important milestone for bicentary celebrations

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Last night (Thursday) saw the launch of ’The History of Pembroke Dock as told by Elizabeth Peters in 1905’.

It is in honour to Mrs. Peters that the Pembroke Dock Bicentenary Committee are pleased to offer a reprint of her original book for the first time in more than 100 years, on the occasion of the town’s 200 year celebrations in 2014.

Published in 1905, Mrs. Peters wrote an invaluable record of the development of the town, first known as Pater, then as Pembroke Dock, following the establishment of the Royal Dockyard in 1814.

The book covers all aspects of the development of the town and dockyard during the 100 years following that date, as well as tracing origins in the area back to the 12th century when it was the site of a rural settlement called Paterchurch.

This reprint will hopefully inspire general interest and curiosity among its residents, past and present, as well as those now scattered far and wide who have at some time worked or had dealings with this community.

The book includes a foreward by Jamie Owen, broadcaster and TV presenter, who hails from Pembroke Dock.

Besides the local bookshops, the book will be sold on the mornings of tomorrow (Saturday) and December 7, 14 and 21 in the foyer of Wilkinsons, Pembroke Dock.

Pam George, chair of the Pembroke Dock Bicentenary Group, said: "The reprinting of Mrs. Peter’s History of Pembroke Dock is an important milestone in the lead up to our bicentenary celebrations and we are delighted that Wikinsons are supporting their local community in this way."

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